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Social Auxillary Worker

As a social auxiliary worker your role will be to assist social workers to provide support, protection and assistance to those in need and who are vulnerable or in crisis. This can be for individuals or communities as a whole. Essentially, social auxiliary workers support social workers in promoting healthy relationships and community life.

Just like social workers, auxiliary social workers are deeply caring people who can communicate well and are generally optimistic about life.

How to become qualified in this field (learning path)

  1. NCS or NS(v) certificate
  2. A 1-year training course at an accredited institution to receive your qualification
  3. There are also a number of learnerships provided by the Department of Health 

Level of Schooling & School Subjects

  • NCS or NS(v) certificate
  • Entry requirements differ for the various institutions

Length of Study



You will need to register as a social auxiliary worker with the SA Interim Council for Social Work in order to be employed.

It is important to note that learners studying social auxiliary workers must register conditionally with the Council.

Auxiliary Social Workers can be employed by private institutions as well as government and non-governmental institutions. 

Further Information:

South African Council for Social Service Professions

Department of Health:

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